The partner institutions will adopt safety, maintenance, comfort facilities, removal of congestion points and use of new technologies, which are on the stretch and will make suitable suggestions to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the study.
According to a senior MoE official, “IITs, NITs, reputed technical institutes and AICTE approved engineering colleges, have tied up with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to adopt parts of NH on a voluntary basis.
“They will study safety, maintenance, ride comfort, removal of congestion points and adoption of new technologies, etc. which are on the stretch and will give suitable suggestions for consideration to NHAI.”
In addition scholars will also engage with new projects and suggest relevant parameters and innovations based on specific experience for the site’s climate, topography and resource potential for better socio-economic outcomes.
In addition, annually, 20 students in each of the undergraduate and 20 postgraduate programs will be offered internships by NHAI. The duration of the internship will be of two months and the stipend for undergraduate and postgraduate interns will be Rs 8000 and Rs 15000 per month respectively.
“This initiative will also create a sense of contribution to the construction of local infrastructure among the student fraternity. NHAI will support the construction of laboratory infrastructure at the institute and may sponsor relevant research project which helps in utilizing alternative resource material and improving the quality of roads, ”said the official.
Already, according to MoE, 18 out of 23 IITs, 26 NITs and 190 engineering colleges have opted for the scheme and so far around 200 institutes have signed MoUs for implementation of the scheme. The ministry is expecting more than 300 institutes to offer civil engineering UG and PG courses to adopt highways across the country.
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